But 1I am sendinga the brothers so that our boasting about you may not prove empty in this matter, so that you may be ready, 2as I said you would be.
Otherwise, if some Macedonians 3come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliated--to say nothing of you--for being so confident.
So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance for the 4giftb you have promised, so that it may be ready 5as a willing gift, 6not as an exaction.c
The point is this: 7whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifullyd will also reap bountifully.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, 8not reluctantly or under compulsion, for 9God loves a cheerful giver.
And 10God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiencye in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
As it is written, 11"He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."
He who supplies 12seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and 13increase the harvest of your righteousness.
1114You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which 15through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
For the ministry of this service is not only supplying 16the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
By their approval of this service, 17theyf will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your 18confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,